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Friday 25th October 2019

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Police Licensing Checks

In the lead up to various bonfire events in the district; over this and next week our licensing team have been, and will be conducting licensing checks at public houses, off licences and premises across Seaford, Newhaven and Lewes, testing them for underage alcohol sales.

Working with Sussex Police cadets, our licensing team will visit premises with 15 year old cadets to carry out compliance tests, to ensure young people are safeguard and the law around selling alcohol is complied with.

There were no fails or concerns following checks across Seaford ahead of the Seaford bonfire activities last weekend.

Names of these premises cannot be disclosed, however already this week the team have visited a total of 7 off license in Lewes, with all passing the test, with only one premises allowing the sale of alcohol to our young cadet; who will now receive a fine of £90.

Premises caught selling alcohol to those under age can face fines, prosecution and put their license at risk.

If you have concerns, or evidence that premises in your local area are selling alcohol to those under the age, please contact us on, 101, or online on our easy to use Webforms


PCSO community patrols this week

PCSOs play a key part of your local policing service - working alongside and supporting police officer colleagues in solving local problems.

Not only by working closely with young people and local schools, speaking to community, religious and business leaders, providing crime prevention advice, and reassuring the public; but in also addressing local issues by getting out into towns and villages across the district on high visibility foot patrols, gathering intelligence, meeting people and offering advice and support to members of the public.

What follows is just a snapshot of where some of the team have been this week:

PCSO Disney continued patrols through Lewes, around the Avenue and Paddock areas following reports of youths on garage roofs earlier this week, there have been no further reports this week.

PCSO McNirlan visited the House of Friendship in Lewes to share some Halloween posters with elderly and vulnerable members of the community, ahead of next weekend, she also stopped by local businesses in the town centre to update on the work she has been doing around local business security.

PCSO Marchant has been meeting with partners from Lewes council to arrange a free bike and scooter marking event in Peacehaven following on from the successes of bike marking events over the Summer in Lewes and Newhaven.

Earlier this year we saw a rise in bicycle and scooter thefts from local parks; since raising awareness of bike and scooter theft prevention, and conducting high visibility patrols around parks and play areas we have seen a significant decrease in the number of cycles and scooters reported as stolen.

Details of the next events can be found in this newsletter.

PCSO Stainer was joined by staff from NeighbourHood First (and PC Pumpkin) and headed out jointly across our more rural villages, including Glynde, Chailey and Firle to share crime prevention advice, ASB updates and offer support on all things rural to business owners and customers.


Peacehaven FREE cycle and scooter marking event

Following the success of our Newhaven and Lewes marking events where more than 100 people got their cycles and scooters marked and registered, come and join us in Peacehaven on Wednesday the 30th October from 1300-1600 in the Big Park (weather permitting, if raining indoors over the way at the Merdian Centre) and get your bikes and scooters marked for free against theft.

Have you bought the children a new bike already for Christmas? Bring it along and get it marked and registered!

Bring the children, young and old over half term week to take advantage of this free event, if you are unable to make it you can find more information on property marking and registration at


PC Pumpkin / Additional Op Blitz patrols for Halloween Weekend

PC Pumpkin has been joining officer patrols across the district this week.

The team have been out and about raising awareness of our Halloween campaign, and speaking to elderly and vulnerable members of the community about displaying welcome, or not welcome posters for trick or treaters, as well as talking to local residents about our ongoing work around anti-social behaviour.

Additional patrols are in place across the district in the lead up to, and over Halloween to deter any anti-social behaviour, and we will be quick to disperse groups of people who are found to be causing any nuisance.

An additional Operation blitz patrol will be in place on Thursday the 31st from 1600-2200, where residents across the district can expect to see an increased in Police presence, as well as being able to contact an officer on the ground by calling 07989188960 should you witness any ASB or youth related disorder between the times above.

Operation Blitz will also continue to run as usual on Friday and Saturday evening from 1600-2200.


Be Polite This Halloween Night

Hallowe'en has become an increasingly popular celebration over the past few years for children, families and young people especially, but it is important not to have fun at the expense of others.

One way to deter unwanted trick or treaters on October 31, is to print and display the 'no trick or treaters' poster, these can be picked up from your local Police station/contact point, or printed for free online here.

If you are looking to take part the poster for ‘Trick or treaters Welcome’ can also be found on our website or at local Police contact points and stations.

Remember not everyone enjoys Halloween, spare a thought for those who may feel anxious with strangers knocking on their door
Have fun, stay safe, and only go to homes who are clearly welcoming trick or treaters, if you see someone displaying a no trick or treat poster, please do not call at those homes as people do not wish to be disturbed.


Lewes District Sept-Dec Newsletter

Apologies again for the failed link to our September-December Prevention Team newsletter that was sent last week.

For those who have not yet seen, read or been able to view, please click here to be taken to the newsletter link.

Paper copies have also been sent to Lewes, Seaford and Newhaven front offices for those who would like to share or are unable to share/view electronically.

We appreciate and value your feedback, if you have any comments, improvements, additional ideas that could be included in the next quarterly newsletter, please drop us a message via In The Know by replying to this email using the reply button at the bottom of the page.

Thank you.


Crime summary

In the late evening of the 19th October, 3 people were arrested following a call from a member of public after having seen a suspicious group outside of a business address off the Drove, Newhaven, loading things into an unmarked van. (1331 of 19/10 relates)

Tools were stolen from a public house off South Coast road, Peacehaven overnight on the 19th October. Suspects have gained entry by climbing scaffolding and forcing entry to a rear window. (0352 of 20/10 relates)

Unknown persons entered and stole jewellery and personal items from a property off Spatham Lane, Hassocks during the morning of the 20th October. (0719 of 20/10 relates)

A business address on Cliffe High Street, Lewes, was broken into overnight on the 21st October, unknown persons have forced entry by forcing open a rear window to gain entry, once inside have conducted a messy search of the store. (0280 of 22/10 relates)

A school off Church Hill, Newhaven reported the theft of mechanical tools overnight on the 21st October. Suspects have removed locks and chains on gates to gain entry. (0202 of 22/10 relates)

Two youths ran off after being found in a garage at a property along King Henry’s Road, Lewes late evening on the 22nd October. The two had gained entry but nothing was taken. Regrettably owing to the dark evenings no description is available. (1416 of 22/10 relates)

A truck was seen speeding off from a property off Sharpsbridge Lane, Newick after drivers had removed locks from gates to enter the property in an attempt to steal from storage containers. Fortunately the truck was disturbed by homeowners and it drove off. (1379 of 22/10 relates)

Early afternoon on the 23rd October, a property on Southover High Street had jewellery and personal items stolen, after a young male had forced entry into a kitchen window. Potential CCTV male reveal the suspect.

There have been NO further reported burglaries on the Lewes district this week.

Please visit our crime prevention pages on home security here for ways you can protect your homes and belongings.


Frauds and Rogue Traders

Did you know scams cost the UK economy £5-£10 Billion a year, with over 50% of people over 65 having already been targeted by scams; and only 5% of all scams reported*? (*According to Friends Against Scams)

This week’s scam and fraud warnings from Action Fraud:

Christmas shopping early? Look out for emails offering goods a fraction of their retail price, scammers regularly advertise items via online marketplaces a lower than high street costs, don’t be fooled into thinking you’re getting a bargain, if it sounds to cheap/good to be true then it most probably is.

-If in doubt visit the shop/official online store that sell the items they are offering and check the prices against their deals/offers.

Courier fraud awareness. Courier fraud is where fraudsters contact a victim pretending to be from their bank or the police, claiming there is an issue with the victim’s bank account or request their assistance with an ongoing bank or police investigation.

Often fraudsters will ask you to purchase high value goods, or gift vouchers (iTunes cards) to secure your money, or offer to keep your money safe and have someone from the Police or your bank to come and collect it after you have withdrawn funds. Please do not ever withdraw money if requested to on email or over the phone, the police and banks would never ask this of you

– If in doubt visit your bank and speak to a cashier/customer service agent, or speak to the Police on 101, or visit your local front office counter in Lewes, Seaford or Newhaven, bringing emails/letters with you.

Help us keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

You can also visit our website at where you can find our easy to use online forms to report all non-emergencies to us.

You can also find police advice to keep you safe and help you understand the law, and also browse our crime prevention pages for first-hand knowledge, industry best practices and practical crime prevention advice from officers and specialist teams all across the police.

Have you ever had a policing question that doesn't actually require direct police involvement to answer?

Ask the Police is a great online source of information for the most frequently asked policing questions, visit for more information.

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